Bitcoin scammers have developed a new means of extorting money from the populace. This time, they are sending emails with threats of blowing up schools, businesses, public offices in the United States, New Zealand and Canada if they are not compensated with bitcoin.
At the moment, there is no shred of evidence to support the scammer’s claim of bomb placement within schools, businesses and public offices within the United States, New Zealand and Canada.
Due to the bomb scare, a lot of people are evacuating and there are series of Police investigations ongoing. The members of the The New York Police Department are strongly investigating the potential bomb threat and have asked those affected to be patient.
After carrying out their investigation, The New York Police Department posted the following via their Twitter handle @NYPDnews;
“Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found.”
“At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money. We’ll respond to each call regarding these emails to conduct a search but we wanted to share this information so the credibility of these threats can be assessed as likely NOT CREDIBLE”
The BTC (Bitcoin) wallet where the supposed ransom money was to be sent varied in-between emails. The scammers utilized a minimum of three wallet address. In scam cases like this, fraudsters usually made use of separate wallets for each of their victims. The use of separate wallets enables the fraudsters to easily identify which victims have paid the ransom fee.
In some of the threatening emails, the fraudsters mentioned a particular explosive, however, different explosives were mentioned in-between emails. The commonly mentioned ones were trinitrotoluene [sic], tetryl and hexigen.